March 30th, 2021
Lakers wrestling close regular season and prepare for the NJCAA Nationals
The Garrett College wrestling team competed against Lackawanna College and Niagara County Community College on March 12th in Scranton, Pa. Garrett College dominated the matches against Lackawanna College and went match for match against Niagara, a perennial top 20 NJCAA program in the country.
The Lakers had five wrestlers finish the day 2-0 in their respective weight classes. Armon Nettey (Silver Spring, Md.), Brady Villa (Saxton, Pa.), Craig Erwin (Annapolis, Md.), Noah Korenoski (Johnstown, Pa.), and Damon Lemin (Six Mile Run, Pa.).
The Lakers had three wrestlers split their two matches with Trey Weinell (New Alexandria, Pa.), Blake Reynolds (Damascus, Md.), and Connor Saladin (Annapolis, Md.) finishing 1-1 on the day. No team scores were kept.
Garrett College wrestling completed the final matches of the 2020-2021 season on March 20th in New York. With the absence of two starters in their lineup, the Garrett Lakers split two dual matches on the road this weekend losing to Niagara County Community College 37-9, then upsetting Jamestown Community College 27-19.
Against Niagara, the Lakers did not have their best day on the mat. However, Brady Villa, Craig Erwin, and Noah Korenoski rounded out the scoring for the Lakers with all winning by decision.
A short two-hour bus trip later, the Lakers took on Jamestown Community College. Jamestown opened the scoring with wins at 125, 133, 141. Trailing 0-11, Craig Erwin got the Lakers on the board with a first period pin at 149. After dropping a SV at 157, Noah Korenoski earned a decision at 165 to make the score 9-14. After Jamestown technical fall at 174 and trailing 9-19, the Lakers went on a pinning spree. Declan McCann (Oakland, Md.) 184, Loic Tueguo (Columbia, Md.) 197, and Connor Saladin 285, carried the Lakers to the finish line with a comeback 27-19 win.
This ended the Lakers regular season and the Lakers now prepare for the NJCAA National tournament April 21-22 in Council Bluffs, IA. All match results for can be found on www.trackwrestling.com.
Top row (from left to right): Esdras Castillo, Craig Erwin, Justice Hefley, Nickolas Kelbaugh. Middle row: Noah Korenoski, Damon Lemin, Loic Tuego, Declan McCann, Brandan Myers, Armon Nettey. Bottom row: Blake Reynolds, Connor Saladin, Brady Villa, Trey Weinell.